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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 12-28-2014 10:56 PM 2693 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2014 10:56 PM

I need a rasp, so I was hoping to take advantage of Lee Valley’s free shipping offer. I had a question about the cheaper ones they carry. The Grobet rasps (here) are machine cut, and they have some others (here) that are hand cut, yet a whole lot cheaper. I’ve read that hand cut are generally better than machine cut, and I’m all about saving money, but I also know that you get what you pay for. Any thoughts on these, or any other rasps that Lee Valley carries that are decent but won’t break the bank?

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 11:29 PM

I just received the AJAX rasps in the picture you linked to and I was amazed at how aggressive they are. I am by no means an expert on rasps, but I think these will be great for my needs, which is rough shaping.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 12:55 AM

Iwasaki rasps are also well regarded. Lee Valley doesn’t list they’re Japanese Milled-Tooth Files as Iwasaki brand so they may not be, but they have the same tooth pattern. I have a vintage Nicholson flat file with a similar tooth pattern, and I like it a lot, but I’d like a half round. If you pay attention to grain it can leave a really nice surface.

Here’s the link:,42524

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 03:53 AM

Hey Marc:

You didn’t mention what “Shape” of rasp you wanted and do you really want just one? Doesn’t matter all that much though.

I went over to Lee Valley and had a look ‘round. They have 27 Pages of Them, containing 32 Items.

No Contest as far as I’m concerned. The “Grobets” are both “Half Round ” Rasps. at 10”. Cost is $64 & $72 Bucks.

The “Hand Cut” ones are “Half Round & Round” at 6”, 8” & 10”. Cost is $22.50 To $36.50

Nice Selection for You there. Quality? Lee Valley is known for “Quality Only”.

Now you’ve got ME thinking about a couple of those Hand Cut ones!!







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#4 posted 12-29-2014 04:01 AM

holy cow batman, 64.00 for a rasp!

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 04:33 AM,42524

One sides a rough cut and the other side is a smooth cut and it works well.

I scoured an Auriou rasp off of Craigslist and it’s money well spent as it does a fine job
of smoothing out the marks left by the Japanese Saw Rasp ( thought it was called Shinto )

Good luck on your decision.

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 05:11 AM

holy cow batman, 64.00 for a rasp!

- daddywoofdawg

Don’t look at the price for an Auriou rasp then…

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 11:58 AM

holy cow batman, 64.00 for a rasp!

- daddywoofdawg

$64.00 is the cheap end for a good quality rasp. An Auriou will set you back $100-130.00.
The good ones aren’t even remotely comparable to the cheap crap at the BORG.
A couple of strokes with an Auriou, and you’ll be muttering ‘holy cow batman’ in amazement of how well they cut, while completley forgetting the fact you just dropped a buck thirty on a chunk of metal.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 01:54 PM

In time, I do plan on having more than one rasp, but for now one is better than none. I think a half round would be a good starting point. I wonder if anyone has the 4-in-one can speak to its quality. Seems like more bang for the buck.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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